Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences Dedman College Research Earth Sciences Events Faculty News Graduate News Institute for the Study of Earth and Man

DPS will be held at 7:30pm on January 11th

The January meeting for the DPS will be held at 7:30pm on January 11th at Brookhaven College, Building H, Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute, 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, TX  75244.

Our special speaker is Dr. Louis Jacobs, professor of geology and president of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University. Earning his BS degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, he then went to the University of Arizona for his Masters and PhD degrees, specializing in rodent fossils.  He was then the head of the Division of Paleontology, National Museums of Kenya, before he began at SMU in 1983.  He has branched out from rodents with studies of mosasaurs, turtles, marine mammals, and of course dinosaurs.  Author of 3 popular books on dinosaurs and over 100 scientific papers, he has conducted field work in the USA, Mexico, Pakistan, Kenya, Malawi, Cameroon, Yemen, Israel, Mongolia, Angola, and even Antarctica.  He has been honored by his colleagues who named seven different species after him!  Dr. Jacobs has been a great friend to the DPS, serving as one of our professional technical advisors and providing a steady stream of students and colleagues with interesting research to share with us.  This time he himself will speak on “A Whale of a Tale in Human Evolution“.  This talk highlights a rare whale fossil from Kenya, lost for over 30 years, and its significance to the uplift of east Africa and even to! the evolution of humans.  Don’t miss it!  Thanks to the dues that members pay, DPS meetings are always free and open to the public.  Bring your fossils to share, brag over, or for help with identification.  We hope to see you there!